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Hibernian came from behind to defeat Aberdeen in the Scottish Youth Cup Final. Grant Murray’s men lifted the silverware after an excellent second half performance was enough to see them overcome the Dons.
Hibs began the game playing with a back five allowing their wing-backs Callum Donaldson and Sean Mackie to push very high, which seemed to work early on and it was Donaldson and Mackie who combined to produce the game’s first opportunity.
Five minutes in and Mackie broke up the left and whipped a cross into the box and from 10 yards out Donaldson’s half-volley flew wide of the post.
Aberdeen began by playing a counter-attacking style of play, designed to catch out the advanced Hibernian wing-backs and on the fifteen minute mark their tactics paid off. A long ball into the right channel got Connor McLennan into the box and he managed to beat three defenders, round the goalie and stab home from six yards to put the Dons in front.
After this early goal for the Dons, Grant Murray changed his side’s formation to try and combat Aberdeen’s counter-attacking style. He changed to a more conventional 4-4-2 and Aberdeen couldn’t cope.
With the wing-backs now transformed to full-backs, it allowed more space on the wings for the Hibernian forwards to drift into and just after the half-hour mark the Hibees were level.
Some good work in the middle of the park lead to Fraser Murray, who had hit the cross bar only moments before, being played in on the right wing. He drove forward and looked to pick out Ollie Shaw in the middle of the box, however Murray’s cross was diverted into his own goal by Joe MacPherson.
Hibs continued to press the Aberdeen defence, however they never created any clear cut chances and both sides went into the break on level terms.
Kilmarnock Blues v Lomond Development
Larnarkshire Hibs v Kilwinning
Forfar Farmington v Boroughmuir Thistle Purples
Kilmarnock Whites v Celtic 12s
Celtic 13s v Aberdeen
Jeanfield Swifts 12s v Deveronvale Girls
Penicuik Athletic Blues v Bonnyrigg Rose
Blackburn United Blacks v Hearts Development
Gartcairn Blues v Blackburn United
IHS Strollers v Musselburgh Windsor
Hibernian 13s v Central Girls Legends
Aberdeen FC Youth v Cove Youth
Donside Girls v Ayr United
Kirrie Thistle v Scone Thistle
Pollok United v Central Girls
Queen of the South White v Glasgow Girls 12s
There are certainly many interesting ties among these fixtures. Last season's beaten finalists Glasgow Girls, off the back of an impressive 9-0 win over Raith Rovers in the first round, face a potentially difficult tie down in Dumfries to play Queen of the South White.
There is also an all Aberdeenshire tie to look forward to as Aberdeen FC Youth will host Cove Youth for a spot in the round of 16.
Ties will be played on the 5/6 May
Proceedings moved onto Monday evening and whilst the disciplinary meeting was taking place at Hampden, Morton and Ayr United were hosting Albion Rovers and Queens Park respectively. Both sides had been mathematically out of the title race a week prior, but with the news of Stranraer's potential point deducation combined with Morton's win over Airdrie, they were back in it. Both won convincingly and eagerly awaited news from the governing body.
Strathclyde Uni v Napier Uni
St Andrews Uni v Robert Gordon Uni